State to set up college and hospital on yoga and naturopathy in

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government is all set to construct a yoga and naturopathy degree college and hospital in Howrah’s Belur giving emphasis on the traditional methods of treatment.The hospital will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 67 crore. It will have 100 beds with an annual intake capacity of 60 students. The project has been taken up by the Ayush department with an aim to utilise Ayush system of medication in delivering health care to masses. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn another development, a 50-bedded Integrated Ayush Hospital is under construction at Midnapore town. The hospital is expected to be made functional within the current financial year. Once the hospital is operational, many patients from the areas can avail Ayurvedic treatment at the hospital. In addition to these projects, the state government has also given consent to provide 10 acres of land in the premises of Kalyani TB Sanatorium for ‘Centre Research Institute on Yoga & Naturopathy (CRIYN)’ at Kalyani in Nadia. The total cost of the project is Rs 300 crore. The research institute will have 10-bedded hospital as well. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter coming to power the Mamata Banerjee government had laid enormous stress on the development of infrastructure in Ayush sector. A different department has been created to give impetus to the country’s one of the oldest methods of treatment. Many new Ayush hospitals have been constructed in different parts of the state. It may be mentioned here that the Ayush method of treatment is cost effective and people with some financial constraints can avail the treatment. Hence, the government has taken a number of steps to promote Ayush form of treatment. Pathological and bio-chemical tests are now done at free of costs at Viswanath Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya (Ayurvedic Pharmacy Training Institute) in collaboration with private laboratories. The Ayush department has collaborated with private laboratories to run the project smoothly. Two new post graduate courses namely ‘Practice of Medicine’ with 6 seats in the Calcutta Homeopathic MCH and ‘Materia Medica’ with 6 seats in Mahesh Bhattacharyya Homeopathy (MCH) have been started.last_img read more

Legacies of Broncos bus crash include truck safety seatbelts and organ donation

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. — Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured a year ago when a semi-truck and a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team collided in rural Saskatchewan. An inexperienced truck driver who blew a stop sign, causing the crash, was recently sentenced to eight years in prison.Here’s a look at several legacies that came out of the tragedy:Organ donationIn the days after the crash, the Logan Boulet Effect was born.The family of Boulet, a 21-year old defenceman from Lethbridge, Alta., donated his organs because he had made his intentions clear.Six people across Canada benefited and soon others followed his lead. Nearly 100,000 Canadians signed up to become organ donors after learning Boulet had signed his.Canadian Blood Services said there were 99,742 registrations in April 2018 — a number that only includes provinces with online registration: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island. Other provinces reported receiving many phone calls from people wanting to register.The rest of the 2018 statistics have not yet been compiled.An event called Green Shirt Day — similar to Pink Shirt Day for anti-bullying and Orange Shirt Day for reconciliation — will be held Sunday, April 7, the anniversary of Boulet’s death, to promote organ donation registration.Toby Boulet, Logan’s father, said the movement is bigger than his son.“There are many, many people who are passing because there’s not enough organs to go around or they don’t match,” he said at a recent event in Lethbridge. “That’s not what needs to happen. It has to be better than that.”Crash survivor Tyler Smith of Leduc, Alta., said organ donation awareness is an amazing legacy for his former teammate.“I knew him on a really personal level and he was a really selfless and amazing human being,” Smith said. “To see that continue is absolutely awesome to me.”—Seatbelts on busesA movement dubbed Buckle Up for the Broncos started in September after one player’s mother  wrote an opinion piece that ran in newspapers across the country.Tricia Wack of St. Albert, Alta., whose son Stephen died, addressed seatbelt use on buses, and a Saskatchewan coroner’s report on the crash called for mandatory seatbelts on highway buses.Hockey Canada, the national governing body for the sport, said it hasn’t made any changes since the crash but continues to discuss the issue internally.“The coroner’s report obviously has come out now and there have been certain recommendations,” said Todd Jackson, director of insurance and risk management. “We’re certainly going to look at all of the different avenues as we move forward here.“What we are trying to do now is say, ‘OK, what do we need to put out messaging wise with respect to overall travel?’”Some leagues, including the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, have already made seatbelt use a priority. Several teams have also made it a habit and often tweet under the #buckleupforthebroncos hashtag.Former National Hockey League player Chris Joseph, also of St. Albert, lost his son, Jaxon, and has become an advocate for seatbelt use. “That’s a cultural shift,” he said in a recent interview.Joseph recalled playing junior hockey and travelling on buses.“We thought it was a party,” he said. “I get it — it’s a special time for the team. I know exactly what the Broncos were doing when the accident happened, because I’ve been there. I’ve ridden the buses in junior. I’ve ridden buses in the minors.“They were chatting. They were listening to music. Some were having quiet time. Some were getting dressed.”He said it wouldn’t be difficult to change the culture by leaving five minutes earlier and stopping to let players change into their suits.“When you’re driving, sit down, and keep the seatbelt on,” said Joseph. “We need to have seatbelts on all moving vehicles.”The federal government announced in June that all newly built highway buses will be required to have seatbelts by September 2020.—Truck safetyThe Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba governments have all introduced mandatory training for semi-truck drivers after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.Before the crash, Ontario was the only province that had mandatory truck driver training.Drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence in Saskatchewan are now required to undergo at least 121 1/2 hours of training. There’s also a 12-month safety monitoring program for drivers in effect.In Alberta, similar requirements have come in and all new commercial carriers must prove they comply with transportation safety regulations before they start operating.Alberta and Saskatchewan’s mandatory training went into effect last month, although Alberta extended the deadline by a year for farm workers.Starting Sept. 1, commercial truck drivers in Manitoba will also be required to complete 121 1/2 hours of training.Following a meeting with his provincial counterparts earlier this year, federal transport Minister Marc Garneau said they agreed to develop a training standard for new truck drivers by next January.A petition asking the federal government to regulate the training of semi-trailer truck drivers has gained steam in recent months.Carol Brons of Lake Lenore, Sask., who lost her daughter, Dayna, in the bus crash, said family members added their voices to the petition.“It’s been hard to put ourselves out there,” she said. “Yet we feel the need for it is greater than our discomfort.”Brons said many changes suggested in the petition were raised during the trial of the truck driver who caused the crash.“The biggest thing that came out of this is the lack of training that this truck driver had.”The petition, which has nearly 5,000 names, can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/RoadSafetyPetition until mid-May.—Roadside memorialThere are plans for a permanent roadside memorial at the crash site north of Tisdale, Sask.Jamie Brockman, president of the Broncos, said a committee is being finalized and will resume planning after Saturday’s one-year anniversary ceremony in Humboldt.“It’s slow moving right now, from what I understand. It’s taken a bit of a backseat to the planning of the anniversary,” he said.A consulting firm that did a safety review of the rural intersection suggested the current memorial — some handmade crosses and a large collection of mementoes left by people — be moved to a safer location because of the high number of visitors.The committee will be made up of family members, team board representatives and people in the community.—— Compiled by Colette Derworiz in EdmontonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC cities join global movement asking oil companies for climate change costs

first_imgStaff and contractors in Victoria have been crunching the numbers on climate change costs for the coastal city and it’s not looking good, the mayor says.Lisa Helps says based on a report commissioned by the regional government in 2015, storm surges combined with a one-metre rise in sea level — which is projected by the year 2100 — could result in business disruption losses of $415,557 per day.Victoria was one of the first municipalities in British Columbia to pen a letter to oil and gas companies last year asking them to chip in to cover growing bills in proportion to their emissions.It is joining local governments around the world in seeking some relief.“We’re actively working through our climate leadership plan to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, but in the interim there are real costs to taxpayers,” Helps said in an interview.“It’s pretty fair to say ‘You caused this, you need to help us mitigate the cost,’ even as we all — energy companies and cities — work toward a renewable energy future.”West Coast Environmental Law, which has driven the campaign in B.C., says 16 local councils have voted to write letters to fossil fuel companies. The most recent was West Vancouver, which voted last week.“It’s been increasing in momentum,” said Andrew Gage, the organization’s staff lawyer.It’s not about handing the entire bill to fossil fuel producers, but seeking a reasonable contribution relative to a company’s pollution, he said.“No one is saying the individual consumer bears no responsibility, it’s a question of what the relative responsibility is,” he said.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers declined comment, saying that since the letters are sent directly to companies, it considers the issue “company specific.” Shell and Exxon Mobil, two of the largest oil companies in the world, did not respond to requests for comment.The campaign has largely flown under the radar until recently when the resort town of Whistler in B.C. drew the ire of Alberta for sending one of the letters to Calgary-based oilsands giant Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Last weekend, Alberta’s economic development and trade minister, Deron Bilous, took a dig at Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton while speaking at a pro-oil rally in Grand Prairie.“The people of Whistler need to tell the truth: that they are using Alberta gas for their cars, for their petrochemical products, and they’re using our oil and it’s time to smarten up,” he told the rally.Crompton apologized in a Facebook video last week.Governments in other parts of the world are trying different tactics.Several cities in the United States, including New York and San Francisco, have tried unsuccessfully to sue major oil companies over climate change.In the Philippines, the Commission on Human Rights has an ongoing investigation into a complaint filed against 47 coal, oil, gas and cement companies.Greenpeace says it’s the world’s first human rights investigation into corporate responsibility for climate change and was launched in response to complaints from typhoon survivors, advocates and community groups.While there’s no monetary element to the investigation, Greenpeace said it could set a precedent for other legal cases relating to climate change liability.In Ontario, the legislature has twice debated a private member’s bill intended to clarify the rules around suing fossil fuel companies. The bill was killed by the Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford.Greenpeace Canada said it’s working on a tool kit for local governments considering launching a legal challenge to fossil fuel companies similar to those in the United States.“We’ll be encouraging cities across the country, and I’ll personally ask the City of Toronto, to launch this kind of a case,” said Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist at Greenpeace Canada.Stewart pointed to a city staff report that found between 2000 and 2012, Toronto experienced three one-in-100-year rain storms and it said the city would continue to experience extreme weather events.“This wave of climate lawsuits, which have just picked up speed in the last couple of years, is not going to go away,” Stewart said.Whether the letter writing campaign will be effective beyond raising awareness has yet to be seen.Since Victoria sent 19 letters to the largest fossil fuel companies in the world, none of which Helps said were Canadian, it has received only one response.Shell Canada responded on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell in a letter that did not commit to any payment but highlighted the companies support for emissions goals as outlined in the Paris Agreement and “billions of dollars” it has invested in low carbon and renewable energies.It also highlighted its Quest project, launched in Edmonton in 2015, as an example, saying it reduces carbon dioxide emissions from oil sands operations by more than one million tonnes per year.“These are a few examples of the actions we are taking today, recognizing that the global energy transition will span decades, moving at different paces and producing different outcomes in different countries depending on local factors,” says the letter signed by president Michael Crothers.“We welcome efforts toward constructive, collaborative action as we collectively attempt to address this complex global challenge.”Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Two arrested over death of British national in Maligawatte

The Police said that two suspects have been arrested over the death of a British national in Maligawatte,The Police said that the suspects had in their possession some personal belongings of the British man. According to reports, the British national had arrived in Sri Lanka in November and was scheduled to leave the country this week but he had extended his visa until January 25. (Colombo Gazette) The 38-year-old British national was found dead at Araliya Uyana in Maligawatta this week.The body was found with wounds caused by a sharp object. read more

People must be centre of UNs work Annan tells opening of ECOSOC

The international community must seize the unparalleled opportunities offered by the globalizing world in order to achieve greater equity through more sustained and balanced growth, especially in Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today as it opened its annual session at UN Headquarters in New York.Referring to recent and upcoming UN conferences dealing with international development aid and sustainable development, the Secretary-General said that “the challenge before this Council is to ensure an integrated follow-up process” to the meetings.”The process must be results-oriented and systematic, and it must avoid duplication or fragmentation,” he said in an address to the high-level segment of ECOSOC, a three-day meeting of senior government officials and heads of international agencies. “Let me stress again: the focus from now on must be implementing the commitments that have been made.”The Secretary-General noted that the high-level segment was focusing on the contribution of human resources development to the process of development in general, and that health and education, in particular, were the “twin pillars on which we must build the well-being of individuals, and thus a more healthy, equitable and peaceful tomorrow.””They are mutually reinforcing: a healthy individual has a better chance of achieving his or her potential; educated individuals have a better chance of remaining healthy, and contributing to the health and development of their family, their community, and ultimately their country,” Mr. Annan said.As for the global economic situation, which was suffering its biggest setback in a decade, Mr. Annan said that poor economies were paying the highest price for the downturn and warned that only limited improvement was foreseen in the developing world for this year. “The statistics do not adequately capture the human suffering and misery generated at the level of the individual and the family,” he said.While the past year offered the UN many challenges, the Secretary-General said, and the year ahead will again put the world body to new tests, its overall agenda and the plan of action for ECOSOC remained the Millennium Declaration – a blueprint for improving the lives of people everywhere in the 21st century.“ECOSOC must give life to the guiding motto of the United Nations in the 21st century: putting people at the centre of everything we do,” Mr. Annan said. “It must make the implementation of the Millennium Declaration its first priority.”Among those also speaking at this morning’s opening session were Ivan Šimonovic, President of the Council, Horst Köhler, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Rubens Ricupero, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Mamphela Ramphele, Managing Director of the World Bank.Video – ECOSOC opening session read more

Philosophy of running the ball working well for Buckeyes

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) runs the ball during the third quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA staple of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s offense is hard-nosed, smashmouth running by big feature backs. The success of this approach can be easily seen in Meyer’s .853 career win percentage during his 15 years as a head coach.During his years as coach for both Bowling Green and Utah, Meyer did not have a so-called workhouse for the rushing duties. However, once he transitioned to the Southeastern Conference, Meyer gained such a player.It began with a larger-framed quarterback while in Florida by the name of Tim Tebow. Although he threw for over 9,200 yards in his career with the Gators, the 2007 Heisman trophy winner ran for nearly 3,000 yards and 57 touchdowns while leading the team during his four year run.After Meyer departed from the Gators in 2010 and remained out of football for two years, he arrived in Columbus. And with his arrival came the inheritance of dynamic quarterback Braxton Miller and bruising running back Carlos Hyde. Miller threw for 2,039 yards but also added 1,271 yards on the ground. Hyde, the next leading rusher on the team, picked up 970 yards and led the team with 16 touchdowns.Fast-forward to 2014, and the combination of then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and running back Ezekiel Elliott are dominating college football. The pair rushed for a combined 2,816 yards and 29 touchdowns, numbers which could have been even higher if Barrett had not been injured in the final regular season game.Against Oklahoma, Meyer once again proved how potent an offense powered by the run can be. In all, the Buckeyes rushed for 291 yards with just three players carrying the ball in the game — Barrett, junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman Mike Weber. The Buckeyes averaged over 6 yards-per-carry, which is right on par for the team for the season.For the past three seasons with OSU, Meyer has enjoyed the use of Elliott as a feature back. However, Oklahoma stands as a testament to the way times have changed for him.Although Weber is the lead running back for OSU, both Samuel and Barrett have carried the ball a combined 71 times compared to Weber’s 54. Unlike other years of Meyer’s coaching career, there are two players in the backfield who can take a bulk of the carries. After OSU faced Bowling Green to kickoff the 2016 season, he had nothing but praise for Samuel, calling him a true hybrid. Weber also received high marks, albeit with some criticism, about finishing his runs.Meyer spoke about the philosophy of the team before Tulsa, and did not pull any punches on the team’s approach for every opponent this season.“The identity is we’re going to line up and hammer the football and run the ball,” Meyer said. “And we expect to lead the conference or be close to the lead in rushing offense.”Sure enough, three weeks into the season, the Buckeyes are in fact leading the Big Ten in rushing yards. OSU has 918 yards so far this year, while the Maryland is second best at 800 yards. Currently, Weber is leading the conference individually with 351 yards, while Samuel is tied for second with Northwestern running back Justin Jackson with 260 yards. The tandem of ball carriers in Columbus are dominating the Big Ten currently, and Meyer said he knew all along the potential of the two complimenting each other. “I thought Curtis Samuel was a guy who waited his turn and he’s a talented guy,” Meyer said. “I think that ‘one-two punch’ is the correct way to identify (Samuel and Weber).”During offseason camp, there were many questions about who could replace a running back like Elliott after such a productive career with the Scarlet and Gray. In contrast to years past, the Buckeyes are enjoying more than one player who can carry load in terms of carries.For Weber, the formula to success is an easy one.“I played my hardest every time I got the ball,” Weber said. “I tried to read my keys and do everything I could to help this team.”The showcase of a rushing offense will be on display after the bye week in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 1 against Rutgers at noon. Currently, Rutgers ranks 13th in Big Ten in terms of rush defense, surrendering an average of 178 rushing yards-per-game. read more

NHS plans swingeing IVF restrictions

first_imgDr Amanda Doyle, GP, co-chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners, said: “Clinical commissioning groups are led by GPs whose first priority is always to the patient. Wherever possible we want to give them what they need, including fertility treatment.”Unfortunately the NHS does not have unlimited resources and ensuring patients get the best possible care against a backdrop of increasingly squeezed finances is one of the biggest issues CCGs face.”As a result there are some tough choices that have to be made, which we appreciate can be difficult for some of our patients.”    CCGs in Bedfordshire, Basildon & Brentwood, Ipswich and East Suffolk, and West Suffolk are all currently consulting on whether to withdraw all funding for IVF.Bedfordshire CCG yesterday announced that it would defer a decision until November, amid public outrage at the plans.South Norfolk CCG has already stopped funding such treatment, as has Mid-Essex CCG and North East Essex CCG, except in isolated medically complex cases, the charity warned.And eleven more areas have recently drawn up or introduced plans to limit treatment to just one cycle, despite guidance recommending that three cycles of IVF are offered.Sarah Norcross, co-chair of Fertility Fairness, said:  “The picture is looking bleak and I’m deeply concerned on behalf of fertility patients that there is a sustained disinvestment in fertility treatment. I would urge the Government to take action to turn this around.” Fertility campaigners say IVF is seen as a ‘soft target’ because many of those coping with childlessness do not want to speak upCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA  The NHS has stopped funding IVF, or drawn up plans to axe or drastically scale back provision in one in 10 parts of the country, amid deepening rationing.Fertility experts said swingeing cuts across the country meant a “bleak picture” for couples struggling to conceive, with current provision already at levels not seen since 2004.Thirteen clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are consulting on plans to stop funding any IVF treatment, or to dramatically reduce what is on offer, while six areas have already taken such decisions.Charity Fertility Fairness said couples across the country were being left to suffer stress and anxiety as funding pressures caused NHS bodies to draw up restrictions “out of the blue”.center_img Pregnant bump Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Teenage rugby player drowned after being pushed into lake

first_imgA grammar school boy who had just abandoned a Ramadan fast drowned during a rugby trip to Canada after a teammate pushed him into a lake as a prank, an inquest has heard.Abdul Jamal Ottun, 17, disappeared below the surface without anyone noticing as a parent rugby coach who was meant to be watching the group of around 25 pupils was busy taking photographs.Senior Coroner Andrew Harris lashed out at Dus Sotoriou, saying: “If you are taking photos you cannot be supervising boys at the same time.”Jamal and had been observing Ramadan for almost a month but had abandoned his fast some 24 hours earlier when they left the UK over concerns he might struggle with physical activities.He was a year 12 pupil at Wallington County Grammar School in Surrey and the two two-week trip marked the end of term after completing AS levels.The group had gone swimming in Shawnigan lake on Vancouver Island ahead of a planned match against a local school.Jamal’s friend Brume Umukoro struggled to fight back tears as he described how he pushed him off the jetty for a joke. Jamal Ottun Brume Umukoro, who pushed Abdul Ottun into the lake David Johnson, director of sport at the school, defended his risk assessment and insisted that further scrutiny of boy’s swimming was not necessary.Coroner Harris said Jamal’s death, on July 12 2015, raises the need for a lifeguard at Shawnigan Lake.The inquest continues. “He handed his phone over and he was standing by the edge talking to someone and then I pushed him into the water,” he said. Jamal Ottun Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “There was no noise, no splashing. he wasn’t saying anything,” he said.“There was no obvious struggle. One of the boys noticed very quickly that he was not there, he shouted and we asked all the boys to search for him.”Mr Sotoriou, one of three adults looking after the group, took more than 50 photos of the boys swimming on his phone.”I do not know how much quicker we may have noticed if I had not been taking the photos,” he said. “When he came up I think he had a frown on his face. I think he wiped his face to get rid of the water and he asked who pushed him in.”He was then pushed into the water himself and did not realise his friend had disappeared until he climbed back out.A desperate search was launched and Jamal was eventually discovered beneath the jetty.  Emergency services conducted CPR for around half an hour.Games teacher Alasdair Roberts said he thought Jamal was ‘sculling’ – lying on his back and paddling. Brume Umukoro, who pushed Abdul Ottun into the lake “I think as there was 25 boys in and out of the water I wouldn’t have been able to observe Jamal struggling on his own even if I didn’t have the camera.” Jamal Ottun Jamal Ottunlast_img read more

New Orange rotor series introduced for Metso VSI crushers

first_imgMetso states: “Operational uptime plays a key role in today’s crushing operations, where maximising productivity and reducing the cost per tonne are paramount.” To meet these challenges, the company has developed its new Orange Series Rotor for vertical shaft impact (VSI) crushers. With the new rotors, Metso states that productive uptime can be increased substantially through longer parts lifetime and faster service. Barmac VSIs are widely used in mines, especially as tertiary or quaternary stage crushers.The new Metso Orange Series Rotor components have been reconfigured with a built-in possibility for easy interchange and maximising of wear life. The change-out of primary components through the service door has also been improved. “With the Orange rotors, maintenance is made easy by reducing the total number of wear parts by 30% and the total number of components by 25%. This is achieved by integrating several components and using less fixing points. Hard-facing during maintenance is no longer required.”Tuomas Takalo, Metso’s Product Manager for Barmac VSI crushers, describes the increase in wear parts life achieved with the Orange rotor as significant: “We have tested the new primary components in real quarry operations, achieving in most cases greatly enhanced wear life. For example, the tip life was increased by 30-50%. In quarry operations, the extended lifetime will provide the operator significantly increased operational uptime. Fewer intervals between wear parts changes will clearly increase the total capacities produced.”The change-out of primary components for the Orange rotor through the service door has been improved greatly. “In tip and cavity wear plates replacement, the actual servicing time can be cut by more than half, due to simplified retaining bar fixing,” says Takalo. According to him, similar time savings can be achieved with other wear parts replacements.The Orange Series Rotor was designed with the operators of the older models of Barmac VSI crushers in mind. The Orange Series Rotor can be fitted, without any modifications, to all VSI models that accept the following rotors: 690 DTR, 840DTR and 990DTR.last_img read more

Irish banks still a source of some concern says Mario Draghi

first_imgJUST A DAY after Ireland’s exit from the bailout programme, the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Mario Draghi said the Irish banking system is still a source of “some concern”.Speaking in the European Parliament today, he said the Irish balance sheet assessment, which is carried out by the Central Bank of Ireland “falls short” of stringent stress testing that he feels is needed.He added that the exercise was not “forward looking”. Speaking about Ireland he said the programme of implementation is “consistently on track” but said: The Irish banking sector remains a source of some concern, with outstanding issues still requiring swift and decisive action.The recently submitted results for the Irish specific balance sheet assessment exercise indicated that while no capital shortfalls were identified there is a need for adjustments to provisioning as well as risk weighted assets. He said this meant that banks will have to set aside capital to pay off any future loans which go bad adding that it should be sorted out before next year when the new Single Supervisory Mechanism’s stress tests are carried out.Read: Ford reveals its first self-driving research car>Read: Tax dodging costs Europe €1 trillion a year say campaigners>last_img read more

OK Go made a word game about synchronizing your brain with a

first_imgOK Go are something of internet darlings. They make decent music, and even made decent music before you learned who they were because they’re really good at synchronized treadmill dancing. However good their musical stylings are, though, the band made a name for itself due to harnessing the power of the internet. From complicated Rube Goldberg machines, to making toast the canvas for a music video, the band certainly knows how to garner internet favor. Now, departing from using a fun project to extend the reach of their music, OK Go has released a mobile game. Like most of their projects, it’s fairly amusing.The game, called Say The Same Thing, is a guessing game in the vein of Draw Something, except both players are trying to guess a word. Rather than having a target word like in Taboo, though, both players have to get to the same word without knowing what that word is. So, each player enters a random word to start, then has to enter a new word each round that they think their partner would guess.If that sounds confusing, watch Damian and Tim of OK Go demonstrate:Say The Same Thing falls into the recent category of games, like Spaceteam, where no one really cares about points or winning, but rather aims to have a good time. The game also allows you to communicate, so you can talk about how you’re just so in sync with each other and probably soulmates, and also allows you to use emoticons and stamps so you don’t have to use tedious words to communicate if you don’t want to.OK Go made the app because it’s a game they play while on tour, and thought it’d be fun for everyone else to join in. You can play with members of the band, but you’ll have to be courageous and wait in a queue.It’s free on iOS and Android, so give it a go, okay?last_img read more

One in 10 Irish people say they have no religion the second

first_imgOne in 10 Irish people say they have no religion, the second largest group behind Roman Catholics Births, deaths and everything in between: Here’s what you need to know about Census 2016. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 6th 2017, 11:18 AM Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter 52,920 Views Overview of Census 2016 statistics from CSO pic.twitter.com/JXkz9xkIAI— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) April 6, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3326599 More females than males The average age of the population was 37.4 years in 2016, up from 36.1 in 2011. Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 11:18 AMcenter_img Share3449 Tweet Email9 Short URL Source: CSOThere were almost 31,000 Travellers living in Ireland in 2016, a 5% increase on 2011.During the five-year period measured, there were 344,400 births and 148,300 deaths, leading to a natural increase of 196,100 people.ReligionSome 3.7 million people identified as Catholic in this census (78%), 132,220 fewer than in 2011 (when the percentage stood at 84%).One in 10 Irish people say they have no religion (468,421 people), a 73.6% increase since 2011. This makes ‘no religion’ the second largest group in this category behind Roman Catholics. The figures show that, of the 4,761,865 people in Ireland on the night of the Census, 2,407,437 were female and 2,354,428 were male (a difference of 53,009).More males than females are being born, but women generally live longer.Due to higher male birth rates more males than females can traditionally be found in the younger age groups. For example, in the groups under 19, there was an average of 104.6 males for every 100 females. Source: CSOHowever, among the older age groups the opposite is true. Lower female mortality accounts for the higher proportion of women in those aged 65 and over, and this becomes more pronounced with increasing age. There were just under 52 males for every 100 females in the 85+ age group. Age 45-49 is the most balanced group, with 99.7 men for every 100 women.The number of children and people under the age of 25 has grown to 1,583,004, 33.2% of the total population. The 20-34-year-old age group was among just two groups which recorded a decline. The National Youth Council of Ireland said this demonstrates the impact of emigration.Non-Irish nationalsThe proportion of non-Irish nationals fell from 12% in 2011 to 11.6% last year (535,475 people, down by 8,882).For the second consecutive census, Polish was the second most common nationality after Irish. Some 122,500 Polish people live here, as do over 103,000 British people.Romanians showed the overall largest increase, up be 11,800 people to over 29,000.Some 82,346 people moved to Ireland in the year leading up to April 2016.The most common nationalities of people who moved here during this period were British, Australian, Brazilian, American, Spanish and Polish.Irish and internet Almost four in 10 people said they could speak Irish, a slight drop to 1.76 million people. Source: CSOIn terms of internet access, broadband use in private households increased from 63.8% in 2011 to 70.7% in 2016, resulting in 148,125 more households having a broadband connection.The number of homes with slower types of internet connection decreased slightly from 8.1% in 2011 to 7.8% (1,297 fewer dwellings) in 2016. Dwellings with no internet connection fell by 113,114 to 312,982 and represented 18.4% of dwellings, down from more than one in four (25.8%) in 2011.Marriage and divorceSome 37.6% of the population are married, an increase of over 83,500 people since 2011. Source: CSOThe majority of this increase (70,290) was among those married for the first time, with a further 9,031 people getting remarried.Same-sex civil partnerships were captured separately for the first time in Census 2016, with 4,226 people in this category. A further 706 people were listed as being in a same-sex marriage.The number of divorced people in Ireland increased from 87,770 in 2011 to 103,895 in 2016, an increase of 16,125 people.The number of people identified as separated was up marginally from 116,194 to 118,178. As divorce in Ireland generally requires a period of separation in the first instance (up to five years), the CSO said the data “no doubt reflects both a progression for people from separation to divorce, combined with new numbers joining the category of separation”.Children Couples with children have long been the most dominant household type in Ireland, accounting for 35.2% of all private households. Since 2011, they have also had the largest absolute growth of all household types – increasing by 20,796.One-person households and couples without children also grew over the five years, increasing by 7,815 and 9,883 respectively.There were 399,815 one-person households in total, of which 204,296 were female and 195,519 were male. The 62% of men who lived alone were single, with 13%widowed. Among women in this group, 74,725 were widowed, (37%), while 89,069 were single (44%).The total number of families increased by 3.3%, to 1,218,370, over the five years to April 2016. Families are defined as couples with or without children, or one parent with children. Source: CSOWhile husband, wife and children remained the most common family type – accounting for almost half of all families in Ireland – the largest increase was among married couples without children which accounted for 17,282 of the total increase of 39,160; cohabiting couples with children increased by 15,318.The total number of children in families increased by 56,626 (3.5%) to 1,682,600 in 2016. The long-running decline in the number of children per family has levelled off. The average number of children in each family was 1.38, the same as in 2011. In 2006 it was 1.41.HousingThere were 1,697,665 permanent housing units occupied at the time of the census, an increase of 48,257 units (2.9 %) on 2011.Detached houses comprised 42.1% of the total (715,133) and remained the most popular dwelling type, increasing by 15,264. Semi-detached houses increased by 15,297 (3.3%) and accounted for 471,948 dwellings.Purpose built flats and apartments have shown the largest increase – rising from 149,921 in 2011 to 172,096 in 2016, an increase of 14.8% or 22,175 units. Source: CSOSome 497,000 households in Ireland were renting on census night 2016. This is an increase of 22,323 since Census 2011, when 474,788 households were renting.The biggest increases in the number of renters were in Cavan (up 12.8%) and Kilkenny (up 11.2%). The decline in bedsit renting continued. Just under 2,800 households – 0.6% of the rental market – were renting bedsits.Since 2011, the average weekly rent paid across the country grew by 14.8% to €156. Households living in private rented purpose built flats and apartments paid the highest rent at an average of €229 per week. In contrast, households renting a bedsit from a private landlord paid a much lower average rent at €125 per week.Today’s report launch is the first of 13 summary and electronic reports of statistics from the 2016 Census. Themed releases on issues such as vacant houses, homelessness and diversity will be published in the coming weeks and months.All images: CSORead: Why do we have a census? Here’s what the statistics are used for 195 Comments By Órla Ryan Updated 2pmTHE TOTAL POPULATION of Ireland counted in Census 2016 was 4,761,865 – an increase of almost 174,000 people (3.8%) since 2011.Mayo and Donegal were the only counties where population declined, compared to the 2011 Census.The figures were released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today.last_img read more

Thousands of Greeks protest against Syria bombings

first_imgThousands of Greeks marched outside the building of the US embassy in Athens to protest US-led strikes in Syria on Saturday and even set the American flag on fire. Other than that it was a peaceful rally.The protest was organised by the Greek Communist Party KKE and was fueled by anti-NATO and anti-EU slogans the likes of “No to the intervention in Syria”, “USA-NATO-EU are making the people bleed”, and “Americans, murderers of people” with the main banner reading “Greek government is supporting this crime serving the interests of capitalists”One could even see soldiers in uniform protesting against the attacks on Syria. Police vehicles prevented access to the embassy with protesters leaving peacefully after the end of the march.Similar rallies against US-led airstrikes against Syria were held outside NATO’s Souda naval base in Crete yesterday and more are scheduled to take place in downtown Thessaloniki on Tuesday by KKE-affiliated union PAME.Dimitris Koutsoumbas, KKE’s general secretary accused Greek politicians for believing “flimsy excuses about a use of chemical weapons” as well as their “subservience” to the EU and NATO not to mention their support for Israel, AP reports.“The imperialists once again spill the blood of the local people. They destroy and splinter states by using fabricated evidence,” he shouted.A protester holds a burning U.S. flag during a rally outside the U.S. embassy in Athens, Saturday, April 14, 2018. Thousands of supporters of the Greek Communist party marched to the embassy during an anti-war rally opposing the military strikes by western countries in Syria. Photo: AP via AAP/Yorgos Karahalis Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Andros drug bust 3M in marijuana seized

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 9, 2017 – Andros – Nearly $3M in marijuana was uncovered by Bahamian Police in Fresh Creek, Andros after a search of bushes led to the discovery of 78 large packages containing the illegal drug.Senior Superintendent Stephen Dean called it a “a significant blow to the operations of drug traffickers” after the North Andros Division on August Monday holiday met a go fast boat, apparently run aground and then searched nearby bushes where they found the marijuana.   Three men were arrested and investigations continue.#MagneticMediaNews#Androsdrugbust#3millioninmarijuanaseizedinAndros Related Items:#3millioninmarijuanaseizedinAndros, #Androsdrugbust, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Yacolt man 74 holds alleged burglar at gunpoint

first_imgA 74-year-old man held a burglary suspect at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived at his rural Yacolt house Friday morning. About 10:30 a.m., Andrew Thompson found a man inside his house, which property records describe as a 468 square foot cabin on 4.86 acres of land.Thompson used a firearm to keep the man at his residence, 20217 N.E. Dole Valley Road, for about a half hour until deputies arrived, according to dispatch information and information provided by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived, they arrested the man, identified as Shane K. Meyer, 34, on suspicion of residential burglary, Sgt. Duncan Hoss said. Meyer somehow got past the locked gate on the property and made access into the cabin through a broken window, Hoss said.last_img read more

Defra pilots financial education platform for 23800 civil service employees

first_imgThe Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is piloting a new financial education platform across its 23,800 civil service employees.The new platform, called the Hub and provided by Neyber, will undergo a 12-month pilot period across Defra’s group employees; this started on 20 May 2019.The Hub offers employees access to personalised financial guidance based on their specific interests and financial goals; this includes content on basic money knowledge, credit, budgeting and life events.The Hub further provides online tools, such as calculators, to help staff with budgeting, debt consolidation, savings and credit, as well as webinars, podcasts and articles to help staff plan and begin their individual financial wellbeing journeys.The financial education provision has been implemented in response to a survey Defra undertook in 2015 in partnership with the Money Advice Service; this found that 75% of Defra’s employee respondents believed the organisation should be providing access to financial education and guidance for all staff.The survey specifically focused on questions around how to help working age adults improve their financial capability, develop budgeting and tracking habits, build a savings buffer and set financial goals for key life events within the workplace.The Hub has been communicated to employees using emails, the staff intranet, social media, road shows, posters, briefing packs and cascaded to teams through managers.The new platform forms part of the organisation’s wider wellbeing and employee benefits strategy.Natalie Jutla (pictured), employee offer and benefits lead at Defra, said: “Defra is always looking to expand how we support our staff, not only on the job as they develop their careers, but also more widely in areas such as combating mental health problems or help with financial education and how to manage finances.“Our work with the Money Advice Service showed there was strong demand for financial education and the new Hub will be an essential tool for Defra staff and a key part of our offer to our teams.”last_img read more

USDA Rural Development Seeks Loan Applicants

first_imgThe USDA’s Rural Development arm is is offering grants and loans for rural community projects throughout Alaska. The agency recently hosted a working session in Anchorage in an outreach effort to encourage community economic development ideas.Download Audio Jim Nordlund, the state’s USDA Rural Development director, gathered his statewide managers and program directors together in Anchorage earlier this month [Sept 5] to galvanize the outreach his agency is promoting in pursuit of community economic growth in the five regions the agency serves within Alaska. During the training session, Nordlund brought his staff together to hear panels of professional economic developers so they could listen to, and learn from, the experts.He said he’d like his staff to “be more knowledgeable and proactive in pursuing projects in rural AK that can result in a better quality of life and more jobs.”“A lot of people are very surprised to know the level of activity that we have in the state. In the past five years, we have done one and a half billion dollars worth of investments, in loans and grants, in the area of electric and telecom, business, housing and community facilities, as well as sewer and water projects in rural Alaska.” And, Nordlund says, USDA Rural Development has plenty of money to lend. He said the department has a $200 billion loan portfolio nationwide. All of Alaska is not considered rural, however. Anchorage, for instance, has too great a population. Rural communities are defined by the numbers of houses, and businesses or the size of their power and telecommunications utilities. But, Nordlund says, most of state is considered rural, and that means it faces hurdles in creating jobs. And, he says, federal programs, such as the loan programs his agency offers, are available to help small communities get local businesses started.“Remember, most of what we do, and you will see that reflected across the federal government now, is that there is getting to be fewer and fewer grants. But we do have really attractive loan programs, and because loans get paid back to the federal treasury, Congress is much more accepting of our loan programs. So we have plenty of loan money available, either for community facilities or businesses, as well as utilities. “ One challenge – the loan opportunities often are not tapped by the entities that could be using them. Nordlund says one goal of his department is to support projects that improve quality of life. He points out that twenty years ago, most rural Alaska villages didn’t have running water and flush toilets, now most do, in part because of USDA funding and partnerships with other entities, such as the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the state’s department of environmentalconservation, and the Indian Health Service“We’ve all been partners in providing better sanitation conditions in rural Alaska, and I think that obviously improves the quality of life.”Nordlund stressed the benefits of collaboration between entities to achieve successful results.Presenters, such as Brian Holst, executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council, and Annie Fritze, the Economic Development director for the Bristol bay Native Association, spoke about their role in promoting development from idea to reality. Holst advised looking to local products and attractions — such as commercial fishing and tourism — to devise money-producing ideas.Annie Fritze says one idea in her community is the recycling of cardboard boxes, that normally would be dumped in the landfill, to make pellets for fuel. Fritze says that idea is on the drawing board now, but a USDA rural grant could help pay for a pellet making machine.Bill Popp, executive director of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, says small business can be an economic stimulator, although they face an uphill challenge in rural areas. Popp said economic development and community development are two different things, but both need the other to succeed. He said Alaska’s small workforce and long distance from the Lower 48 is a big drawback to both local enterpreneurs, and to companies seeking to locate in the state:“First thing that a company looks at , depending on it’s purpose, it looks at the market opportunities in Alaska. They are going to be looking at an available workforce. …….. We have some challenges on those points. We don’t have a large population, there’s only 730,000 of us, we don’t have a large available workforce, we have relatively low unemployment, especially in the Southcentral region, and that makes it challenging for new businesses trying to invest in Southcentral, in trying to find the workforce that they need.”Popp said transportation costs to and from Alaska is one of the major blocks to the development of state manufacturing.USDA Rural Development works to strengthen the relationship between the community and it’s economy, Nordlund saidlast_img read more

5 get death for rape double murder

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA Khulna tribunal on Tuesday convicted five people and sentenced them to death for killing a female private bank official after gang-rape and her father in 2015, reports UNB.The convicts are — Saiful Islam Pitil, 30, Shariful, 27, Mohamamd Liton, 28, Abu Syed, 25, and Azizur Rahman Palash, 26, of Labanchhara in the city. Of them, Shariful was tried in absentia.According to the prosecution, the convicts used to stalk Parvin Sultana, 29, a former official of a private bank and daughter of Elias Ali of Buro Moulvir Darga in the city, on her way to home from the bank.On 18 September 2015, the convicts swooped on the house of Parvin, breaking open the door and strangulated Elias to death.Later, they entered the room of Parvin and killed her after raping her in turns.They also looted valuables from the house and dumped the bodies into the septic tank of the house before leaving.Rezaul Alam Chowdhury, brother of the victim, filed two cases with Labanchhara police station on the following day.Police submitted charge sheet against five people in 2016 in the two cases.After examining records and 22 witnesses, Khulna Woman and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal-3 judge Mohammad Mohiduzzaman handed down the verdict.last_img read more

Syrias Assad rejects comparison with Egypt Libya

first_img Comments   Share   “It’s a completely different situation,” he told German broadcaster ARD. “What’s happening in Egypt is different from what is happening in Syria … You cannot compare,” he said.He also rejected any comparisons with Libya, where rebels helped by NATO air strikes toppled the regime. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed while fleeing advancing opposition fighters.“Describing what happened to al Gadhafi, this is savage, this is crime,” he said in the interview which was conducted in English.The 16 months of upheaval in Syria, spurred by the Arab Spring’s pro-democracy movements across the Middle East, have left well over 14,000 people dead, according to activists. They accuse the autocratic ruler of crushing legitimate protests seeking reforms by waging a war against his own people.But in the interview, the 46-year-old Assad who has ruled Syria since taking over from his father in 2000, accused the U.S. of fueling the uprising, saying that Washington ultimately bears responsibility for the deaths of innocent civilians in the Middle Eastern nation.The U.S. is partnering with those “terrorists … with weapons, money or public and political support at the United Nations,” Assad said. “They offer the umbrella and political support to those gangs to … destabilize Syria.” Assad rejected responsibility of his security forces for the violence, claiming that “supporters of the government, the victims from the security and the army” far outnumber those among civilians.Instead, he told ARD that an opposition made up of terrorists, gangs, “a mixture, an amalgam of Al Qaida (and) other extremists” is responsible for the violence.When asked directly about the killing of more than 100 civilians in the Syrian village of Houla in May, he blamed it on gangs who “came in hundreds from outside the city.”The massacre caused an international outcry, and U.N. investigators have since concluded that Syrian government troops could be behind the killings.Assad said a “majority of the people ask for reforms, political reforms (but) not freedom.” He stressed that he still had the overall support of Syria’s people, firmly ruling out stepping down.“The president shouldn’t run away from challenge and we have a national challenge now in Syria,” he said.While he said he was ready for political dialogue with the opposition, Assad left no doubt that he would fight those his government perceives as terrorists. Four benefits of having a wireless security system In a show of force, Syria began large-scale military exercises Sunday to simulate defending the country against outside “aggression.”Some in Syria’s fractured opposition have appealed to the West for foreign forces to step in to stop the bloodshed, but Western nations are reluctant to intervene in Syria in part because unlike the military intervention that helped bring down Gadhafi in Libya, the Syrian conflict has the potential to quickly escalate.Damascus has a web of allegiances to powerful forces including Shiite powerhouse Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah and there are concerns that a military campaign could pull them into a wider conflagration.Damascus’ staunchest ally, Iran, meanwhile, warned Sunday of a “catastrophe” in the region if no political solution to the Syrian conflict is found.And Syria’s other main partner, Russia, has over the past months prevented the U.N. Security Council from adopting tougher measures.U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan, who is the architect of an international plan to end the crisis, acknowledged in an interview published Saturday that the international community’s efforts to find a political solution to the escalating violence in Syria have failed. Annan arrived in the Syrian capital Sunday for talks with Assad, his spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Associated PressBERLIN (AP) – Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he is not afraid of meeting the same fate as the deposed and disgraced leaders of Libya and Egypt, saying he has nothing in common with them.In one of his rare interviews with Western media since the deadly uprising in Syria erupted last year, Assad brushed off a question about whether he feared for his family, including his wife and three children. 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img “But as long as you have terrorism and as long as the dialogue didn’t work, you have to fight the terrorism. You cannot keep just making dialogue while they are killing your people and your army,” he said.The main obstacles to a peaceful solution to the conflict are the nations supporting the opposition, namely Saudi Arabia and Qatar who send armaments, Turkey which helps with logistics and smuggling across the border and, finally, U.S. political support, he said.The interview, the third Assad has given to a Western news organization since last year, was conducted Thursday in a government guest house in Damascus and recorded by Syria’s state television, according to ARD.The interview for ARD’s foreign policy program Weltspiegel was conducted by Juergen Todenhoefer, a former media executive and lawmaker for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party. He has published a number of books and essays on Islam, the war against terror in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks, and on Iraq and Afghanistan.When Todenhoefer asked Assad how Syria would react to a military intervention, the Syrian leader vowed to stand up to the attackers.“Whether you’re prepared or not, you’ve got to defend your country, but you have to be prepared,” he said. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths ___Juergen Baetz can be reached on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jbaetz Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Houston Texans outside linebacker John Simon 51

first_imgHouston Texans outside linebacker John Simon (51) intercepts a pass by Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) Comments   Share   There were plenty of angles to dissect in Sunday’s 34-24 loss, like cornerback Justin Bethel getting beat twice by Texans receiver Will Fuller (once on a TD), or cornerback Mike Jenkins going down with what appeared to be a significant right knee injury that could thin the Cardinals already questionable depth, or Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler carving up the Cardinals defense by completing 11 of 13 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown before leaving.The issue of greatest concern is the offense’s inability to sustain anything in the preseason, but it’s important to remember that plenty of playoff teams have struggled in the preseason for a variety of reasons, from minimal game planning to vanilla play calling to simple lack of motivation.“We’ve had great practices ever since the spring,” Arians told reporters in Houston after the game. “The first-team offense hasn’t done anything to make me feel like we’re not where we need to be – other than turning the ball over.”Quarterback Carson Palmer threw a pair of interceptions on screen passes, one that defensive lineman Vince Wilfork tipped, and one that Palmer failed to get over the head of linebacker John Simon, who intercepted it and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown. When Palmer reached the sideline Arians was clearly miffed, motioning for Palmer to get the ball up over the reach of Simon. Cardinals’ quarterbacks have thrown eight interceptions in the preseason while the Cards defense has produced one.There was some good news for the first team offense. It scored its first TD of the preseason on an eight-play, 75-yard drive highlighted by Darren Fells’ 40-yard catch and David Johnson’s 16-yard run. The Cardinals also ran the ball effectively throughout the game, and Palmer escaped all but a chipped tooth on this scary hit from Houston’s Devon Still that Fox’s Mike Pereira thinks was illegal. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Disgraceful hit by Devin Still in Carson Palmer #BirdGang #NFL pic.twitter.com/4Cy8JmlhCi— 🚨 Ronnie Laybold 🐾 (@YotesHereToStay) August 28, 2016Palmer pronounced himself just fine after the game, and despite the sluggish look of the offense, he thinks the Cardinals are just fine, too.“I’m excited about what we have getting going here in two weeks,” he told reporters in Houston after the game. “We’ve run the ball effectively, we’ve converted third downs, we’ve made catches in tight coverage. What we have done in practice and throughout camp is improve, and you don’t always get to see that in a couple series in preseason games. I like where we are.”center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories If you’re keeping track at home, that’s six straight games in which the Cardinals’ first-team offense was less than electric, excepting some fourth-quarter fireworks against Green Bay in the 2015 NFC Divisional Round.It’s true that four of those games meant nothing — the three 2016 preseason games to date and last season’s regular season finale against Seattle — but the final image that FOX showed of Sunday’s first half in Houston left little doubt about how coach Bruce Arians feels. As the Cardinals trotted to the locker room trailing 31-10, FOX carried a full screen shot of Arians shaking his head in disgust. For now, you’ll just have to take his word for it.Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 33last_img read more